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Brief History

On Oct. 12, 1761, New Hampshire Gov. Benning Wentworth granted a charter to a new town in the New Hampshire Grants to be known as Pitt's Ford, later changed to Pittsford. The first settlers arrived in 1769 and by 1775, about 200 people lived in the town.

Though Otter Creek offered navigable waters, other streams in Pittsford provided waterpower for mills and a major 19th-century industry - the production of iron. Along the appropriately named Furnace Brook, a blast furnace operated from 1791 to about 1882.

Though a region possessing a rich agricultural heritage in the Otter Creek valley, Pittsford can trace much of its history to one stone - marble. The first quarry opened in 1795 along the town's western ridges, but business boomed in the 19th and 20th centuries. Eventually, 11 quarries were in town. One, the Hollister Quarry, had a depth of 400 feet. 

Since the 1980’s, farming has declined and forests are reclaiming pastures as Pittsford has become a bedroom community with 70% of the working population employed outside of the town.[1][2]

Historical Data

Town Histories

History of the Town of Pittsford, VT with biographical sketches and family records (1872)

Pittsford's Second Century:1872-1997, Jean S. Davies, Margaret Armitage, Lois Blittersdorf, Jean Harvie, Phoenix Publishing, 1998.  Find a copy in a library through WorldCat.

Vital Records

  • FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online

Probate Records

The probate district for Pittsford is Rutland.
Rutland Probate Court
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0114

City Directories

Maps

1854 Rutland County, Pittsford map

Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Pittsford. For location of cemeteries, see Cemteries of Vermont, Rutland County, website at this link

  • Baptist Cemetery
  • Congregational Church Cemetery
  • East Pittsford Cemetery
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Saint Alphonsus Cemetery

Churches

1. Pittsford Congregational Church
    121 Village Green
    Pittsford, VT 05763
    (802) 483-6408

2. Saint Alphonsus Ligouri Church
    2918 US Route 7
    Pittsford, VT 05763
    (802) 483-2301

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005, can be found on FamilySerach (browse only images) at this link.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Pittsford Town Clerks Office. These include records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1745-1995.

Pittsford VT Town Clerk
426 Plains Road
Pittsford, VT 05763
Phone: (802) 483-6500
Website: http://pittsfordvermont.com/departments/town-clerk/

Newspapers

Rutland Herald online at this link.

Libraries and Historical Societies

Maclure Library
840 Arch St,
Pittsford, VT 05763
Phone:(802) 483-2972
Website: http://www.maclurelibrary.org/

Pittsford Historical Society, Inc.
Eaton Hall
3399 US Route 7
Pittsford, VT
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 423
Pittsford, VT 05763
Phone: (802) 483-2040
Website: http://www.pittsfordhistorical.com/

References

  1. History Rutland County Vermont, Edited by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, Syracuse, NY, 1886.
  2. Pittsford claims Vermont sunshine, Don Wickman, Rutland Herald Newspaper, Apr. 20, 2006.

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